Re: Superbird A

From: Kevin Fetter (kevin_fetter@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 20:59:31 PDT

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    I decided to try and see if I could see Superbird A, not knowing when it was 
    going to start flashing, I went outside just before 3:00 UT and set up my 
    binoculars in the area it should have been. At 3:07 UTC i noticed a flash, 
    then after a few seconds another. I watched it for over 6 minutes. Success 
    On my first try. I saw two naked eye flashes, but was hard to see becuse of 
    the lights in the area.
    
    Got to get to darker skies.
    
    What other geo sat's flash , maybe reaching naked eye or at least in a pair 
    of 10*50 binoculars.
    
    I was looking through the PPAS database, but wanted to hear from experience 
    geo sat flashes observers.
    
    Thanks
    
    Kevin
    
    44.6062 -75.6910
    
    
    
    From: Mir16609@aol.com
    To: SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com
    CC: ppas@blackadder.lmsal.com
    Subject: Superbird A
    Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 23:42:33 EDT
    
    In PPAS format:
    89-041 A 01-04-20 03:13:02.68JDG 422.4 0.3  37 11.42  +2.0->inv
    
    When I acquired Superbird A the 11 second flash cycle was already in
    progress.  The phase shift seemed to occur at 03:09 UTC 20 April.
    
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    
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